Government & Economic Development

Indiana House schedules initial right-to-work vote

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's House of Representatives has scheduled its first vote on divisive right-to-work legislation that has prompted stall tactics by Democrats through the first week of the 2012 legislative session.
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Indiana House panel backs smoking-ban bill

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The House health committee voted 9-3 in favor of the bill Wednesday after adding an exemption for retail tobacco shops. The bill would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Indiana chief justice says court can help economy

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard used his final speech to the Legislature on Wednesday to chart how far the state's judicial system has come during his 25 years heading the state's highest court.
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Governor defends right-to-work in State of the State speech

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels defended divisive right-to-work legislation that he only recently put his name behind, while asking House Democrats to end their boycott of the measure.
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Daniels gives more modest agenda to Indiana lawmakers

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels asked Indiana lawmakers on Tuesday to approve a statewide smoking ban and dedicate more money toward victims from last summer's state fair stage collapse during his final State of the State speech.
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Attorney General asks high court to hear candidacy dispute

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked the state Supreme Court to decide whether Charlie White can remain secretary of state.
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Indiana Senate backs tougher sex-trafficking law

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to toughen penalties for sex trafficking, and supporters hope it will become law before football fans converge on Indianapolis for the Super Bowl in less than a month.
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Indiana Supreme Court will hear IBM case

January 9, 2012
Michael W. Hoskins
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether Gov. Mitch Daniels must appear for a deposition and testify in an ongoing lawsuit challenging the cancelled IBM contract to modernize the state’s welfare system.
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Indiana reaches online sales tax deal with Amazon.com

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Amazon.com will begin collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax from customers in 2014 under an agreement with the state announced Monday.
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Top budget aide to Indiana governor steps down

January 9, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels' top budget official is stepping down after being part of the Indiana governor's administration since he took office seven years ago.
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Bill seeks elected utility consumer counselor

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A legislator is proposing that Indiana’s utility consumer counselor be elected rather than appointed by the governor.
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Indiana House Dems lose political hot-button

January 8, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana  Gov. Mitch Daniels' decision to rescind strict new security procedures at the Statehouse took the heat off him and his administration at the start of what was already guaranteed to be a raucous 2012 session.
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Popular issues stall behind Indiana Dems' boycott

January 7, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats will have to return to work before an anti-smoking bill and other popular legislation can make it into law.
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State eyes roundabouts for 31 intersectionsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Transportation has ambitious plans to build roundabouts at 31 intersections statewide over the next five years, including a dozen in the metro area.
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Indiana schools chief Bennett gears up for re-election bidRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
String of controversial reforms draw campaign contributions, ire of opponents.
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IT upgrade for state dogged by delaysRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Francesca Jarosz
The state missed a Dec. 15 deadline to complete a complicated technology overhaul of its unemployment insurance system—the latest in a series of delays that have added years to the project and led to more than $18 million in cost overruns.
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Seats from Bush Stadium to live on at bus stopsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Cory Schouten
A local group has partnered with IndyGo to pay homage to one of the city’s great sports landmarks by installing Bush Stadium's seats at bus stops all over the city.
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Unions air TV and radio ads targeting right-to-work lawsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The ads encouraging Hoosiers to ask lawmakers to oppose the controversial legislation are paid for by Indiana's AFL-CIO.
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Fight over labor legislation heats up at Statehouse

January 6, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's House Democrats could be facing major financial pain as they begin a third day blocking a bill that would make Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact right-to-work legislation.
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Indiana continues to see state tax revenue gains

January 5, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state tax collections continue to run well ahead of a year ago, with last month's revenue nearly 5 percent greater than in December 2010.
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New push set for broad Indiana smoking limits

January 5, 2012
Associated Press
The bill announced Thursday by Republican Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Flanner and Buchanan parent plans $2.3M Scottsburg expansion

January 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based funeral services company said it will hire up to 24 workers in production, delivery and installation.
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City signs off on Celadon tax abatements

January 4, 2012
The abatements will help the company build a $3.4 million, 36,000-square-foot office building at its far-east-side headquarters. Celadon also plans to add 100 jobs.
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Columbia City company plans to add 106 jobs

January 4, 2012
Impact CNC, a production machining company, plans to add the jobs in northeastern Indiana as part of a $12.8 million expansion.
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Indiana House Dem leader hints at another walkout

January 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Patrick Bauer, the leader of Indiana's House Democrats, hinted Wednesday that party lawmakers may walk out for the second year in a row to oppose the same Republican-led right-to-work bill thwarted last year by their five-week boycott.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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